Comets wind up with 1-2 record over busy weekend

Published Mar 19, 2018 at 4:10pm

The Utica Comets spilt a pair of American Hockey League games over the weekend, winning on Sunday, 3-1, in Toronto and losing, 4-3, on Saturday on the road to Belleville.

The win and loss came on the heels of Friday night’s 4-2 defeat against Laval at the Utica Memorial Auditorum.

On Sunday, after Comets’ goalie Thatcher Demko allowed an early first period goal, he went on to record 38 saves to move his record to 21-11-6 on the season.

Tanner MacMaster scored his first professional goal that tied the game at 1-1 for Utica and 18 seconds later, the Comets took a 2-1 lead when Zack MacEwen fired a slapshot past Toronto goalie Calvin Pickard.

Patrick Wiercioch’s second period goal gave Utica the 3-1 victory.

Saturday night in Belleville, Filip Chlapik and Daniel Ciampini scored the opening two goals as the Senators jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period. Andrew Cherniwchan cut into the hosts lead for the Comets as he made it 2-1 with 2:08 remaining.

Less than two minutes into the second period, Cam Darcy tied the game for the Comets at 2-2. With 1:05 remaining in the period, Jack Rodewald regained the lead for the Senators at 3-2.

Chlapik scored his second goal of the night with a minute remaining in the third period on an empty net to make it 4-2, but Cherniwchan responded 45 seconds later to bring the game to 4-3, the score that stood until the finish.

The Comets return to the ice on Friday night as they host Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Rome native Tom Sestito at the Utica Memorial Auditorium at 7.